Wolves 1 Middlesbrough 3: This is how Boro must always play – Karanka

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Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka hailed the spirit of his players after a storming fightback earned them this win at Wolves.

Boro, who had gone into the game after failing to score in their previous three matches, were trailing to a 22nd-minute header by Dave Edwards before launching a dramatic comeback in the final stages.

Diego Fabbrini drew them level in the 71st minute, captain Grant Leadbitter gave them the lead from the spot 10 minutes later before substitute Stewart Downing struck in stoppage time.

Karanka said: “For me the main thing was the spirit that the players have shown on the pitch.

“In the second half I liked their attitude since the first second. At half-time I told them that we were not playing well.

“In the first half we needed to play calmer and I told them that at half-time because the attitude and intensity was really good.

“If we always play with this spirit we will only lose a few games.

“But again we have to play like that always and it was important to me after the last three games that we had the reaction that we had because the atmosphere was a little strange.

“Last Tuesday (a 1-0 defeat at Cardiff) the spirit was completely different and we were down. (Saturday) it was a different spirit and a different attitude.

“I am really pleased because we have rediscovered our intensity and spirit. I am really proud of all of them.”

Wolverhampton: Martinez, Doherty, Batth, Hause (Price 52), Golbourne, McDonald, Coady, Byrne (Ojo 84), Edwards, van La Parra (Henry 61), Afobe. Unused substitutes: Ikeme, Wallace, Deslandes, Le Fondre.

Middlesbrough: Konstantopoulos, Kalas (Downing 59), Ayala, Amorebieta, Friend, Clayton, Leadbitter, Nsue, Fabbrini, De Pena (Adomah 69), Nugent, Adomah (Gibson 88). Unused substitutes: Garcia, Mejias, Stephens, Maloney.

Referee: J Linington (Isle of Wight).